Mission Asclepios 2021 is the first edition of a do-it-yourself analog space mission made for and by students (under the mentorship of trained professionals). This interdisciplinary scientific project seeks to simulate short-term space mission on another celestial body (e.g. Moon or Mars). Astronauts have been selected from candidate students coming from all around the globe. They will be isolated for 7 days in a remote location, in the Jura region of Switzerland, in 2021. During this mission, the astronauts will conduct in situ experiments in fields ranging from psychology to robotics, and from medicine to astronomy. These are proposed by research laboratories, scientific centers, and private companies.
Analog astronauts
Interdisciplinary experiments
International students


Dr. Angelo Vermeulen

Angelo is an artist, biologist and space systems researcher. For the last ten years, he has been collaborating with the European Space Agency’s MELiSSA program on biological life support for space. In 2013 he became crew commander of the first NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawaii.

Pr. Claude Nicollier

Claude Nicollier is a former ESA Astronaut and currently a professor at EPFL. He is a member of the Swiss Space Center in Lausanne, and has participated in the astronaut selection process at ESA. Claude is a mentor for the astronaut crew of Mission Asclepios.

Pr. Bernard Foing

Prof. Bernard Foing is a French scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA) and the executive director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG). Through ESA, he will provide supervision and equipment to the Asclepios Mission, as well as mentorship and advice to the team.

Théodore Besson

Théodore Besson is the managing director of ESTEE SA, as well as a researcher at UNIL and lecturer at EPFL. He has been working on a ground simulator preparing a manned exploration mission for 10 years. He is a mentor for the base design and the experiments. 

Alban Michon

A real fan of the polar regions and deep-sea diving, Alban Michon is a French adventurer and explorer who has gone on some exceptional expeditions. In 2012, he travelled 1,000km in a sea kayak along the Greenland coast, and went diving under the icebergs there. He is the mentor for the training of our future astronauts.